Special Use Permits
The following picnic groves require reservations: 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 and 24.
Rock Creek Park picnic grove reservations are no longer being accepted by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Reservations may be made online at www.recreation.gov or by phone at or at 1-877-444-6777 (10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET). Reservations are by the half day. A half day is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or dark whichever comes first).
Please click here for the picnic regulations.
PLEASE NOTE: Important changes to the picnic grove reservation system. Click here for more information.
Requests for athletic field reservations may be completed online through the DC Department of Park and Recreation Permit Office: http://dpr.dc.gov/node/496592 . Fees vary.
The DPR permit office is located at 1250 U St., NW, Washington, DC 20009.
Picnic Permits Update
October 17, 2014
Dear Park Visitor:
For decades, the National Park Service (NPS) picnic areas in Rock Creek Park and Fort Dupont Park have served as spots where groups have met for celebrations and gatherings. As someone who has enjoyed these sites, we wanted to reach out with information regarding upcoming changes in the reservation system and inform you of our proposal to increase fees. Since 1949, the NPS had an agreement with the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to manage the group picnic area reservations on NPS property at Rock Creek Park and Fort Dupont Park. DPR asked the NPS to assume the management of the reservation process for these NPS sites. March 1, 2014, the
The reservation fee for a group picnic area had not changed since the early 1990’s. In 2013, the National Service solicited public engagement and comment regarding the need to bring its fee in line with the price for similar group picnic areas in the Washington Metropolitan Area, and providing options for full-day and half-day rentals. As proposed to the public in 2013, we began phasing in this increase over 3 years starting in the summer of
The National Park Service hosted two opportunities in late 2013 for the public to learn more about the new permitting system and the proposed fee increase. This letter serves as a reminder of the planned implementation of phase two of the proposal in 2015. The National Park Service is
If you require additional information, please contact for Fort Dupont, Vicky Gammon at 202-690-5193, and for Rock Creek Park, Rita